Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Blog
On its last day in session, the Michigan Legislature will not be voting on an “anti-Sharia” law. While it is troubling that we continue to deal with these initiatives (spearheaded by David Yerushalmi, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center and “the man behind the anti-Sharia movement”), it is good news that the bill didn't make it to the floor.
Thank you to everyone who talked to your representatives about this issue, but there is much work left to be done. Representative David Agema’s bill garnered 42 co-sponsors and there are other troubling cases afoot.
- On November 27, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan accepted the American Freedom Law Center’s (AFLC’s) request to add the American Arab Chamber of Commerce to its lawsuit on behalf of four Christian missionaries arrested at Dearborn’s 2010 Arab International Festival. The case, scheduled for trial in August 2013, now boasts 22 defendants, including the City of Dearborn, the Mayor, and the Chief of Police.
- Opponents of a proposed mosque in Farmington, MI are considering taking their suit to the Michigan Supreme Court. The case already has been rejected by two Michigan courts, but, as we mentioned last August, plaintiffs have powerful backers in the Thomas More Law Center. TMLC’s Citizens Advisory Board includes former Florida Representative and Islamophobe Allen West, former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes of the “birther” movement, and Minnesota’s own Representative Michele Bachmann, who famously tried to link Department of State Aide Huma Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood via bizarre “six-degrees-of-separation” logic.
So while Rep. Agema’s proposal may be stalled, the anti-Arab, anti-Muslim tide still requires our attention.
AAI will continue tracking these and other issues impacting Michigan and the Arab American community at large. And we hope you’ll continue to stay in touch, and make good use of resources like Scorecard and our upcoming Analysis of the New Congressional Leadership.
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